Cultural Studies

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  1. Book ImageJewish Comedy: A Serious History

    Jeremy Dauber

    A rich account of Jewish humor: its nature, its development, and its vital role throughout Jewish history.More

  2. Book ImageFrom Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

    Caitlin Doughty

    A New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller

    The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with "dignity."More

  3. Book ImageThis Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm

    Ted Genoways

    Is there still a place for the farm in today’s America?More

  4. Book ImageGuns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    Jared Diamond

    "Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill GatesMore

  5. Book ImageSt. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street

    Ada Calhoun

    A vibrant narrative history of three hallowed Manhattan blocks—the epicenter of American cool.More

  6. Book ImageBolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today

    Simon Morrison

    An enthralling, definitive new history of the Bolshoi Ballet, where visionary performances onstage compete with political machinations backstage.More

  7. Book ImagePalimpsest: A History of the Written Word

    Matthew Battles

    A profound, eloquent meditation on the history of writing, from Mesopotamia to multimedia.More

  8. Book ImageFear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style

    Cintra Wilson

    As the former New York Times Critical Shopper, and voted one of Fashionista's 50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion, Cintra Wilson knows something about clothes. And in Fear and Clothing, she imparts her no-holds-barred, totally outrageous, astute, and hilarious wisdom to the reader.More

  9. Book ImageLibrary: An Unquiet History

    Matthew Battles

    “Engrossingly saturated with fascinating lore, colorful anecdotes and deft portraits.”—Hilarie M. Sheets, New York TimesMore

  10. Book ImageGates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties

    Morris Dickstein

    Widely admired as the definitive cultural history of the 1960s, this groundbreaking work finally reappears in a new edition.More

  11. Book ImageThe Italian Americans: A History

    Maria Laurino

    This gorgeous companion book to the PBS series illuminates an important, overlooked part of American history.More

  12. Book ImageWilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity

    David M. Friedman

    The story of Oscar Wilde’s landmark 1882 American tour explains how this quotable literary eminence became famous for being famous.More

  13. Book ImageAcross the Pond: An Englishman's View of America

    Terry Eagleton

    An irreverent trip through American culture by a critic who “cracks jokes as easily as one would crack walnut shells” (Washington Post).More

  14. Book ImageItalian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo

    Tim Parks

    “So inviting you might find yourself tempted to give the experience a whirl and ride the Italian trains yourself, book in hand.”—Liesl Schillinger, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  15. Book ImageA History of Future Cities

    Daniel Brook

    One of The Washington Post's "Favorite Books of 2013"

    A pioneering exploration of four cities where East meets West and past becomes future: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai.More

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